Sugarcraft Workshops with Lorraine
Oldham, North Manchester
November 2019 - Founder Member
Oldham, Tameside, Rochdale, North Manchester and surrounding areas
Hello, thanks for looking in, here’s a little bit about me…
I’ve very recently given up my job in finance within the NHS to follow a long standing passion…..cake craft.
It all started in 2014 when my step daughter wanted a ‘cookie monster’ cake for her 16th birthday. Without thinking about it, I said, I’ll make it! Sheer panic ensued as I didn’t have a clue where to start, it was huge learning curve and everything I touched was blue for a week ….. but, I produced the cake and she was thrilled! I received so many comments about it that I started to think that actually maybe I could do this, and so it began…..
I don’t have a cake shop, I don’t have a studio, I worked at home in my spare time producing cakes for family and friends getting married, birthdays, christenings, they were all gifts but in actual fact they were giving me the gift of opportunity and practice and I loved it, the more creative I got the more confident I became in my own ability.
I have friends in Leeds, one of whom had moved on from home baking to owning her own shop and I’d trundle off up there to help out whenever I could, learning what I could, and when she asked me to make cakes to display in the shop window I was blown away….. but I absolutely did ☺
We’d been to Cake International a couple times and I was in complete awe of the ability and standard of the entries and was desperate to give it ago. It was approaching Remembrance Day and I had an idea for an exhibit in mind. Scared, nervous and totally out of my comfort zone, and obviously not knowing what to expect, I entered!! Well I couldn’t believe it, first time entry and received a Silver Award, I was ecstatic. Of course this just ignited my passion, but working full time and only making cakes every now and then wasn’t really going to achieve what I wanted.
So here I am, fulfilling a dream, a Cake Minds accredited teacher, WOW, I can not wait to get started, inviting like-minded people into my home to share a vision. Together we’ll make new friends and have fun whilst creating amazing little characters with progressive skill learning. So if you’ve never done anything like this before but wanting to give it a go, (or you have modelled before but want to escape for a couple of hours each month), then do come along. I can’t wait to hear the kettle boiling and the chink of cups, not forgetting the rustle of a packet of biscuits (goes without saying) as I welcome you into my little home.
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When I found out about Cake Minds I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to join. I can confirm that not only was it just what I needed but also exceeded my expectations. For two hours I can forget about the world and all it’s travesties, but concentrate on these amazing figures that develop in front of my own eyes and made by my own hands under the excellent guidance of my Cake Minds tutor. Not only would I recommend attending one of these courses but I think they should be prescribed by a GP for anyone with anxiety, mental health or confidence issues - it’s like some kind of counselling, with benefits.
A friend suggested we joined Cake Minds to do something creative and different and I'm so happy I said yes!! I've thoroughly enjoyed making the little models. It seemed utterly daunting at first but Lorraine Crocker took the time to explain each step and I'm so proud of the results! Never thought I had it in me! I would definitely recommend!
I joined Cake Minds as I wanted to do something that would help with mindfulness, that would enable me to completely switch off from the usual work/life stress and I absolutely love it, I'm also really proud of what I've made so far, I'm not artistic or creative at all but our tutor Lorraine Crocker is fabulous, and shows us step by step how to create each model.